If Manny had not been passed over for a promotion, she and Zeke would not have met. A Life Less Ordinary, by Victoria Bernadine, is the story of why and how their paths cross and what happens afterwards. Forty-five year old Manny does something radical, for her anyway. She quits her job and plans to embark on a six month road trip, but she doesn’t want to go alone. After Zeke, a blogger, answers Manny’s ad for a traveling companion she chooses him to accompany her. What he doesn’t tell her is that he will be posting his observations about Manny and the trip on his blog. Early on it becomes obvious that the two of them don’t know what to make of each other. Manny wants to experience life- she wants to feel alive. Zeke’s original mission is to paint this trip as a middle aged woman’s pathetic attempt to be young and free. The more time they spend together, Zeke begins to struggle with how his attitude towards Manny is changing and he doesn’t understand why. Something is taking shape. Is it love or friendship?
There are well developed secondary characters who are interesting in their own right. Perhaps the most unusual is Harvey who is Manny’s imaginary friend. Their conversations are priceless. The trip takes some unexpected turns as do the lives of the characters. A lot can happen in six months and in this story it does. It’s possible that Manny’s trip yielded a lot more than anyone expected.
I found this to be a well written and appealing story.
I received this book for free and I give this review of my own free will.